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Panthers sign Jacques for 2012-13

The Florida Panthers, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, announced today that the club has agreed to terms with left wing Jean-Francois Jacques on a one-year, two-way contract.

“Jacques is a big and physical player with NHL experience that we are happy to have signed,” said Panthers executive vice president and general manager Dale Tallon. “He is a hard working and tough to play against forward that adds further depth to our club.”

Jacques, 27, tallied 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points in 65 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch in 2011-12. He also appeared in six NHL games with Anaheim.

Jacques has played in 166 National Hockey League games for Edmonton (2005-11) and Anaheim (2011-12), registering 17 points (9g, 8a) and 197 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Montreal native has played in 215 AHL games for Syracuse, Oklahoma City, Springfield, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hamilton and Edmonton, scoring 68 goals with 75 assists and 375 PIM.

Jacques was originally drafted by Edmonton in the second round (68th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.